Strategies for coping with difficult situations, circumstances or people involve the following:
- Identify and use your support network. Be it a friend, a trusted co-worker, a neighbour, or an EAP counsellor – reach out, connect and share your feelings (if possible) or simply what is occurring to you and around you in the aftermath. Focus on expressing what you need from the other person. Examples may be a safe place to share grief, the need for someone to simply listen, or a scheduled break from your usual routine.
- Get some sleep. Self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present. A good night’s sleep gives you the perspective you need to deal with the situation you are in.
- Set boundaries. When you are vulnerable it is important to have boundaries in place. Take time for yourself to rest and recoup. Avoid as much as possible other scenarios or people that will add to your stress factor. When you have looked after yourself you are in a better position to offer support or request the support you need.
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